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Investigating Semantic Sequences in Academic Legal Discourse. An Exploratory Study: Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski
Investigating Semantic Sequences in Academic Legal Discourse. An Exploratory Study Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski Abstract This study attempts to explore whether semantic sequences, a new type of recurring meaning- based elements, could be applied to investigate the construction of epistemology in legal discourse. A small-scale study of two nouns (idea and notion) frequently found in the pattern the + Noun + that-clause reveals their preference for co-occurring in evaluative semantic sequences. It is argued that semantic sequences of this type could be potentially very useful in describing evaluative language in academic legal discourse. Keywords Grammar pattern, epistemology, legal discourse, meaning, phraseology, semantic sequence Introduction It is now widely acknowledged that one of the greatest benefits provided by corpus linguistics is bringing phraseology to the fore of linguistic inquiry. The last three decades have seen a multitude of different types of recurrence proposed. Examples include lexical bundles (e.g. Biber et al. 1999), collocational frameworks (Renouf and Sinclair 1991), units of meaning (Sinclair 1991), grammar patterns (Hunston and Francis 2000), formulaic sequences (e.g. Wray 2002). One of the most recent additions is semantic sequence (Hunston 2009). The importance of repeated sequences of wordforms in specialized discourse can be hardly overestimated. Several corpus-based studies have recently begun to explore fundamental issues such as the way and extent to which patterns and phraseological items contribute to the creation and understanding of meaning, how such recurrent items shape beliefs, values and social structures and how specialized meanings and their relationships enacted through phraseology become...
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